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Falls man pleads guilty to having cocaine in truck

LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls driver pleaded guilty in Niagara County Court Friday to having cocaine in his pickup truck when police stopped it last year.

Gabriel B. Felts, 32, of Welch Avenue, admitted to third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Judge Sara Sheldon admitted him to the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment, with Felts risking nine years in prison if he fails to get clean and sober.

Felts’ passenger, Frank O. Rowles, 56, of Pierce Avenue in the Falls, was allowed to plead guilty to seventh-degree possession and was promised a conditional discharge if he stays out of trouble until an April 29 sentencing date.

“I knew (cocaine) was in there, but it wasn’t mine,” Rowles said regarding the Feb. 28 traffic stop at Niagara Falls Boulevard and Ward Road in Wheatfield.